Family fun in London

Written on 16 August 2013 by Alistair Boscawen in London

Loving the summer or stuck for ways to entertain the kids? Read on for our pick of family entertainments…

It may be a little bit early for William and Kate to begin planning family days out with Prince George, but one thing is for certain… they won’t have any trouble finding fun activities for him to do in central London.  

If you live in central London and are looking for something to do with the kids, or if you’re planning on visiting the capital for a few days during the summer holidays, here’s our pick of ways to entertain the whole family this summer:

Lady Diana memorial playground

This fabulous place should be one of the first on Prince George’s list as it was built in honour of his grandmother.   It’s free, and it entertains children from all over the UK every year as many schools make special trips to visit the brilliant facilities which include water and sand play, sensory experiences and a pirate ship!

Flamingos at London Zoo

London Zoo

A family day out in London wouldn’t quite be complete without a trip to iconic London Zoo. With over 750 animals on display, you could easily fill a whole day at the zoo watching flamingos, monkeys, tigers, gorillas and even endangered species go about their day.

Science Museum

The resources and exhibitions at the world famous Science Museum are nothing short of amazing, whatever age you are.  Interactive galleries, shows throughout the day and 3D/4D simulators give kids experiences like never before. What’s more, it’s free so you can enjoy a fun packed day for nothing more than your travel to get there and back.

Natural History Museum

Another London classic, free for all the family. See the amazing dinosaur models as well as every other animal you can think of – and several you didn’t know ever existed. Summer sees the butterfly exhibit on the front lawn of the museum too – you’ll need to book tickets for this but its well worth it.

London Transport Museum

London busEveryone loves playing trains and cars – adults too! So a trip to the London Transport Museum is a great way to spend the day. With over 80 vehicles to explore including the iconic red London bus, you can keep the whole family entertained. Entry is free for under 16s.

The Great Outdoors      

Weather permitting, what better way to spend a day than in one of London’s many beautiful parks. From the views at Primrose Hill or Greenwich Park to the lake at the Serpentine, the city is rich with green spaces. With so many to choose from, a picnic, ice cream and a kick about is just a short walk, drive or tube stop away. Fresh air, plenty of open space and completely free – sounds like a pretty perfect day out.

Trapeze Lessons

Yes you read that correctly! The Gorilla Circus runs trapeze lessons in Regents Park throughout the summer. There are a variety of lesson types available, starting at a taster session. How else are you going to get this close to flying?

Rainforest Cafe

At the end of a busy day, treat yourselves to dinner at the Rainforest Cafe in Piccadilly Circus. Great for kids who often get a little restless in restaurants, this cafe recreates the sights and sounds of a rainforest. Listen to elephants and gorillas while enjoying great food.

Queen Elizabeth Park

The Olympic Park is now being put to many uses, one of them is the new Timber Lodge playground. This lovely space also has a café next door so tired parents can refresh themselves while the little ones play. The playground will play host to the Lollibop children’s festival over the weekend of 16-18 August too.


As part of the Southbank Neighbourhood Festival, you can now visit Beanotown, celebrating 75 years of the Beano. You can see classic editions of the comic, dress up as characters including Minnie the Minx and Bananaman and get involved in one of the comic based workshops. There’s also a café selling Beano influenced food and drinks for all the family.

For more family fun in London check out this list of museums, or go to the Time Out London kids section.

Images by vegadsl and photokanok from

Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen


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